2022 MLK Back to School Festival

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The MLK Back to School Festival is an annual event for students of all ages and their families to receive free backpacks, school supplies, and other essential items for the new school year. Our goal this year is to serve 1000 families.

This year’s festival will take place on Saturday, August 13, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This is a drive-through event.

You must register to participate. No walkups will be allowed-you must be in a car to receive items!


Registration is free and required to attend the festival. No ID is required.

Students must be in grades Pre-K to 12th grade.

Registration begins July 25, 2022 via Eventbrite. You can register up to 5 children.



If you are interested in donating supplies, please deliver them to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m..

The deadline to donate items is August 5, 2022. For more information, contact us at 214-670-8418.

Suggested Items:

  • Clear or mesh backpacks
  • Notebook paper
  • Construction/Manila Paper
  • Binders
  • Dividers
  • 2 pocket folders with prongs
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Index cards
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Colored pencils
  • Colored markers
  • Dry erase markers
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Pencil bag or box
  • Erasers
  • Glue/Gluesticks
  • Kleenex
  • Headphones
  • Informational resources
  • Giveaways with your logo
  • Household cleaning supplies (Soap, Wipes, Detergent, Disinfectant, paper towels, etc.)
  • Socks
  • Underwear

Community Partners

Opportunities are available for Community Partners to register and participate at no cost. Community Partners will receive one (1) table and two (2) chairs, and are encouraged to bring a canopy or tent. Items for distribution must pre-packaged to be placed in trunks as cars drive by. You must provide an estimated 1000 items to participate. 

If you are interested in becoming a Community Partner, please click the link below or contact us at 214-670-8418.

Community Partner Registration Has Now Closed


If you are interested in being a volunteer, please visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/volunteer to submit a volunteer form or contact us at 214-670-8418.

Thank You To Our 2022 Community Partners!













Thank You To Our 2021 Community Partners
















Peter & Dena Silberman

Thank you to Enterprise for your generous donation!

Photos from the 2020 MLK Back to School Festival

Photos from the 2019 MLK Back to School Festival